I’d like to draw attention to a comment from Walt earlier today:
OT getting in early on this thread, may I urge everyone here to write a comment against the US Housing Authority proposal to ban smoking nationwide in all public housing. The plan comes complete with eviction for smokers (this would evict our friend Judy Ariel) and even includes a ban in single stand-alone public housing homes on the grounds that it’s “equal treatment.” The comment period closes in a few days and it’s stacked (5o-1) by pro-ban public housing admins and public healthists and activists who’ve collected (and then scanned into pdf attachments) semi-literate handwritten letters from ph residents swearing that their colds, corns and dandruff are caused by shs. Can we at least make a showing?
At this pt I’d say anyone, even non-Americans can play. You can make up a name, if you have to give a zip code, here are a few: Santa Monica CA, 90403; Alexandria VA, 22307; Hyattsville MD, 20781; Austin TX , 78722; Charlotte NC, 28227(that’s North Carolina)
Here’s the link to the comment form
Walt, that page you’ve linked to is very confusing as to how to comment.
Here’s a better link:
and also gave a link to the proposed rule:
The proposed rule:
HUD proposes implementation of smoke-free public housing to improve indoor air quality in the housing, benefit the health of public housing residents and PHA staff, reduce the risk of catastrophic fires, and lower overall maintenance costs.
Once they can ban smoking, they can ban anything. They can use the same arguments with cooking, toilets, dust, music, TVs. They can ban anything they deem “unhealthy”.
It’s about control. For in this manner they can gradually enslave residents in public housing, evicting those who won’t buckle under.
Protest is necessary. I haven’t commented yet, but I will.